Trip Details

A wonderfully rewarding opportunity to carry out voluntary work caring for disabled children in Ho Chi Minh. Catering for approximately 25 children, the local hospital cares for children with mental and physical disabilities. Primarily, the hospital works to develop the children’s speech and muscular ability. Your role will encompass this element with you taking part in structured daily regimes. Additionally, your tasks will include comforting the children, interacting with them on a social level and entertaining them by playing games. Being experienced in working with disabled children would be advantageous, however it is not essential. The children enjoy learning creatively so activities like singing, dancing and painting are encouraged. Any resources that you feel would contribute to enriching the children’s experiences would be greatly appreciated. In return for your work on the project, you would be gaining an invaluable knowledge of working with children who have disabilities as well as benefiting from intercultural exchanges with locals and other participants.

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

Trip Itinerary

Monday

During your first week, an introduction to the project and its staff will give you an opportunity to orientate yourself and discuss the role you will take on. You’ll also get to meet the wonderful children at the hospital and your manager.

Tuesday to Friday

On Tuesday of the first week, you will begin your hands-on work at the hospital. Each of the tasks you carry out will be responsive to the immediate needs of the children and the hospital so it is not possible to provide an exact schedule in advance. However, your activities will include assisting with daily speech and posture exercises, caring for the children, socialising with them and playing games.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info

Vietnam

Population: Approx.92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.

Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa